Year 8's STEM day on Wednesday 3 April was run by the Engineering Development Trust, who presented one of their First Edition days, sponsored by ARUP. The day was designed to excite and enlighten students on how STEM is fun, interesting, and results in a rewarding career.
In small groups the girls worked on two major projects during the day. The first one was to build a rollercoaster: the structures were built on a given frame and then constructed with card, with the idea being to send a marble from top to bottom in the slowest time, without it getting stuck or falling off the roller-coaster. Some great designs were constructed.
The second major task was to build a car using K'NEX and then on the race track see which car would travel the furthest, propelled by an elastic band. The winning car travelled over half the width of the hall. The day included insights into the opportunities for everyone, with an emphasis on the work of women who have flourished in this sector, to be involved in careers involving STEM, with a reminder of the many new areas, and the fact that the rapidly changing world will offer even more.
Health & Fitness
The Year 9 and 10 Health and Fitness students have been looking at the topic of respiration. They have been looking at lung volumes and were specifically trying to measure their vital capacity which is the maximum amount of air you can exhale after a deep breath in. They did this three times into a balloon and measured the diameter to get their best score.
Teaching and Learning
Has your lesson been REAL (Relevant, Engaging, Active Leaning?
This academic year has been an exciting time for staff and students at Reading Girls’ School, with the launch of REAL. At the end of lessons students get the opportunity to feedback to teachers about the lesson. Students are presented with the question ‘Has your lesson been REAL?’ Students inform the teacher by taking a token and placing it in the ‘yes’ or ‘no’ box in their classroom. The tokens are then collected in at the end of the week and counted.
Results for week Monday 1 to Friday 5 April 2019
YES - 338 tokens
No - 68 tokens